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June 16, 2020
San Leandro, CA
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Suminski Family Funeral Homes Funeral Policies during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Suminski Family Funeral Home is complying with state and local health department requirements and CDC guidelines, including SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES, to protect our clientele, visitors and staff from exposure to COVID-19. As a condition of entering into our funeral home facilities, you agree to comply with the applicable social distancing requirements that will be posted and to follow the instructions of our staff regarding interaction with others and safe distancing.
You may not enter the funeral home facilities if you have or have had in the past 14 days a cough, fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, flu-like symptoms, gastrointestinal upset, experienced a loss of taste or smell or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (unless you have had a negative test result since your exposure).
Also, you are advised that if you are aged 65 and over or if you have any health risks such as asthma, cardio ailments, chronic lung or kidney disease, diabetes, compromised immune system, liver disease, or sever obesity, you are at a greater risk of serious illness or death if you contract COVID-19 and we strongly discourage these persons from attending gatherings.
SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES
All attendees are expected to maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and other attendees who are not of the same household.
Even though the CDC has stated “There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID -19.” [from CDC website; March 17, 2020], we strongly discourage touching the deceased as we are still learning about transmission and feel it is an important precaution due to the highly contagious nature of this virus.
Until further notice, food and beverages will no longer be allowed to be brought into the funeral home for visitations.
GATHERINGS AT OTHER FACILITIES
Each individual facility (churches, temples, and cemeteries) will have its own established rules for gatherings that must be followed as well.
Regardless of our adherence to CDC and health department requirements and recommendations, there is a risk of COVID-19 exposure whenever you enter into a public space or building with other people. Please do not enter the funeral home facilities or attend gatherings elsewhere unless you are willing to assume that risk.
This has been and continues to be a challenging time for everyone. It has been our mission to encourage all aspects of the funeral, from the importance of the gathering together of family and friends to religious rites and services that not only honor the deceased, but to support the family and friends left behind – it has been said that grief shared is grief diminished. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we conduct services within the guidelines that have been put in place to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
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Every Life has a Story!
At Suminski Life Story Funeral Homes, we honor each life by writing, sharing, and preserving the Life Story. Writing the Life Story of each family member ensures that the stories are saved and NEVER forgotten. Generations can pass, and the Life Stories will live on. We can begin writing stories for your family today.Learn More